I’ve worked as an artist and illustrator since graduating with a BA in Illustration in 2008. My pieces are created through building up multiple textures and images and combining these to develop a distinct visual language, using recurring motifs. I work using a fusion of technology and traditional techniques – often using photography, painting, gold-leafing and cut up collage which is then digitally scanned and arranged on the computer, before I work back in to the resulting digital print. Recently I have begun to expand my output to include work in different media – from large scale oil paintings to one-off textured collages.
My work is heavily influenced by music, from the styling and art direction of 1970s Jazz and Soul to the passion and ebullience of Gospel and the Blues. I take musical aspects and work to synthesize them into visual form, working towards distilling the vibrancy of music into a ‘music for the eyes’. More broadly, I aim to impregnate my work with its own unique soul, through harnessing a blend of spirituality, culture, the cosmos and mother earth.
As well as producing original works and prints, I undertake commercial work with a number of record labels to produce sleeves and brand identities; produce branding for festivals; large scale murals and have also designed nightclub interiors. For a comprehensive look at the commercial work I’ve undertaken, check out my online portfolio. In addition, I also work on historic interiors – digitally recreating wallpapers for some of the most prestigious heritage sites in the UK.